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Enterprise Architect Interview Questions

April 2015
Below are sample EA interview questions, with a section for each role
within the EA team. Most questions can be modified slightly to suite each
of these specificdisciplines, but are specifiedbelow as sample questions
for each group of architects.
Chief Enterprise Architect
What background experience, from your past work history, is relevant to this
position and why does it make you suitable for this position?
What do you know about the industry(s) our company operates in? Are you aware of
our industry regulations and standards?
What do you think are the two biggest problems facing the <Department/Firm to be
placed into> ?
What would you do to resolve them ?
What do you see as the biggest issues the industry will face in the future? (not
specific to the department interviewing, but the Business and/or IT industry in
general)
Obviously Enterprise Architecture is one of the Methodologies the IT department
uses as a Governance Tool? Describe how you see this methodology being used
within the department? and the perceived value or lack thereof of the
methodology?
Describe the same for Project and Program Management? Value or lack thereof
Describe how you see Portfolio Management being used within the department?
What other IT frameworks and/or methodologies are currently used within the
<department/firm> that you see have value? Are there others we are not using
that would help improve our processes?
How would you address the request for architecture work and stakeholder concerns?
(This questions could be modified to each specific architecture role below)
Answers
Work with all parts of the company to drive business value from its IT
system assets.
Lead a matrix team structure of Architects. Provide thought leadership
in EA strategy, governance, cost-optimization, innovation, and
efficiency.

Collaborate with senior leadership to develop and execute enterprise


architecture strategy.
Work in a team setting with architects,infrastructure specialists and
application developers.
Guide the IT Teams use and development of ITinfrastructure and
applications.

Describe an instance where you created a baseline/ reference/ and target


architectures and discuss the process you used to have these approved and
implemented within the environment they were designed for?
Do you have any questions you would like to ask?

Any questions below could be potentially asked of the Chief Enterprise


Architect as this position should have a deep understanding of all the
architecture team roles listed below.

Business Architect
Any or all of the questions above could be changed slightly to be aimed at this
specific area of EA, as well as the questions below.
What business modeling tools have you used? What is the value of these tools to
the enterprise architecture discipline?
List some of todays current tools and merging trends you would deploy.
Answer
Knowledge of IT related disciplines: Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
including a basic understanding of various SDLC methodologies such as agile
and waterfall and their appropriate usage.
Knowledge of modeling approaches: Unified Modeling Language (UML),
Business Process Modeling, Data Modeling
Information/Data Architect
Any or all of the questions above can be used as well as the questions below.
How would you develop the target data architecture that enables our business
architecture and the IT
architecture vision?
Answers
1. Working within the enterprise architectural standards developed by the
Enterprise Architect, develop the organizations data architectural
standards and principles.
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2. Develop an end-to-end visionfor the data assets. Assist the architecture


team in documenting the organizations baseline architecture and target
architecture: Including metadata assets such as data definitions, data
classification, data retention, data models and data flow diagrams.
What tools and techniques have you used (or would you use) to manage enterprise
data and data architecture artifacts?
Answer
Developed data usability/quality proposals, such as, but not limited to,
data cleansing tools, datadictionaries, master data management, data
integration and data warehouses.
Deep understanding of data architecture approaches (e.g., TOGAF),
industry standards and best practices (e.g., DMBOK)
Strong technical skills with all data technologies (e.g., Master Data
Management, Enterprise Data Warehouses, Operational Data Stores,
Database Management Systems, Business Intelligence)
Practical experience with, and a strong understanding of design
approaches for Enterprise Data Warehouses
Expert data modeling skills (i.e. conceptual, logical and physical model
design, experience with Operation Data Stores, Enterprise Data
Warehouses and Data Marts )
Must have an enterprise perspective to data and how the data drives
business value
Familiarity with Data Warehouse Technologies.
Experience with ETL concepts, Cognos and OBIEE tools.
Experience with Master Data Management tools
Application Architect
Any or all of the questions above can be used as well as the questions below.
This position requires an ability to analyze broad enterprise business requirements,
and the ability to translate those requirements into the target applications
architecture. Provide an example of a situation you performed this function?
How would you develop application systems governance
Answers
Work with the enterprise architect team to develop application systems
ownership and stewardship policies.
Develop policies and procedures for application systems architecture
artifacts management.
Perform architectural reviews to ensure compliance with architectural
standards and adherence to architectural principles
Recognizing and identifying potential areas where existing policies and
procedures require change, or where new ones need to be developed

Work with the Security Architect to develop application system


security policies & strategies.

What process have you used and would you use in this environment to document
the baseline architecture that exists today?

Technology Architect
Any or all of the questions above can be used as well as the questions below.
This position must have the ability to comprehend the functions, capabilities and
importance of new IT systems management trends and emerging technologies.
Describe some of these trends and emerging technologies affective enterprise
architecture today?
Answer
virtualization, cloud (or shared services), converged infrastructure (may be
called engineered systems)
What tools and techniques would you deploy to create, manage, and deploy
technical architecture artifacts?
Answer
Includes but not limited to physical and logical architecture diagrams,
deployment diagrams, site topology diagrams, network diagrams
As Technology Architect what process would you use to achieve a target
architecture defined by the IT architecture team ?
Answer - achieve the target application systems architecture by identifying
candidate architectureroadmap components based upon gaps between the
baseline and target architectures